Thursday, October 29, 2009

Life in Laguna Beach



    On Tuesday I visited fabulous Laguna Beach, California with my dad.  We checked out The Old Pottery Place and ate at the cutest little restaurant called Sapphire Laguna.  We sat outside and enjoyed a glass of wine, the 75 degree weather and could see the Pacific ocean. Not too shabby!  I ordered the most amazing salad, the Crazy Cobb salad which consists of lobster, chicken, scallops, shrimp, smoked Pork, baby vegetables with creamy tarragon dressing.  It was PERFECT for the diet plan I am now following - 1/3 protein with 2/3 vegetables.  A variety of choice protein on a bed of lettuce with an array of vegetables and a savory dressing that only required a teaspoon of two for flavor.  If you're visiting the area, I'd highly recommend the Old Pottery Place, which has plenty of other fabulous menu items for anyone's taste.


Have you been? How was your experience?



Laguna Beach is just an inspiring place to be.  As the home of the Pageant of the Masters and The Festival of Artsit is a true artist's colony, encouraging the appreciation and performance of the arts.  In this type of environment, it's tough to get lazy or be stagnant in achieving our goals.  Laguna Beach has a unique sense of style and optimism to it.  Being in the fresh air with the ocean breeze provides incentive to move forward.


Here's how I moved forward this week:


Tuesday:
Breakfast: 2 eggs, Starbucks skinny Vanilla Latte
Lunch: Crazy Cobb salad, glass of wine
Snack: Fruit and Nut Bar, skinny Vanilla Latte
Dinner: Vegetables and rice noodle soup from Whole Foods


Wednesday:
Workout: Biked 15 minutes, ellipitical 15 minutes.
Breakfast: scrambled eggs, peppers, avocado from the Corner Bakery
Lunch: Rubio's chicken salad no tortilla chips or cheese
Dinner: Grilled veggie sandwich on whole wheat bread, red wine.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Abby Rike's goodbye-The Biggest Loser





     Abby Rike was the most inspiring contestant this season on "The Biggest Loser" and last night she was eliminated.  She "only" lost 3 lbs this week.  In "real life" that would be spectacular!  With a starting weight of 247, Abby lost and exceptional 46 pounds in 7 weeks.  And after the show's taping she lost a total of 80 lbs.  Abby's plight was that she was married and the mother of a five year old daughter and a two week old son; that is, until they were all killed by a speeding driver in 2006.  Every time I hear the story, I sob.  It's incredibly unfair that this woman has suffered without her family.  She is such a positive, sweet and giving person who offered encouragement to everyone around her.  Shay was particularly touched by Abby's warmth and looked at her like a maternal figure.  Despite Abby's odds, she gets up and goes every day and is a symbol of positivity.  It is no wonder she is now a motivational speaker.  I know that she has spoken to me and motivated me on my journey.


I have to say, I think that Amanda could have gone home this week.  She looks great and is ready to do this on her own.  I was disappointed that noone else stepped up to be voted off.  Abby could have gotten much more out of the program and out of being on the show.  Daniel, in his 2nd season, could also have  excused himself.  Although, I will be curious as to how he overcomes his plateau, since I have been in that spot before.


Did you think it was fair that she was sent home this week?  Do you think Daniel deserved to go?  How about Amanda?




Here's how yesterday looked:


Workout: Ran 2 miles, 100 sit-ups
Breakfast: Protein Shake, coffee
Snack: Cup of fruit, nuts
Lunch:  Chicken salad, Vegan Chk’n salad, lettuce, peppers, tomatoes
Snack:  Nuts
Dinner:  Even though pizza was being ordered I had baked chicken bites and a custom ordered salad (romaine, cucumbers, peppers, olives), wine

Monday, October 26, 2009

Tears of JOY!



    
Today I weighed in at Weight Watchers and I left in tears...this time TEARS OF JOY!  

I was thrilled to find out that I LOST 4.6 lbs. this week!  Since meeting with my nutritionist and following his plan of not eating protein with carbs, taking vitamins that will help my body to process food and using my body brush to stimulate my lymphatic system, I have achieved some success.  I'm so thrilled and excited.  My tears were those of RELIEF.  No, I'm not crazy or lazy, I just had to find what works for ME and my body.  Feeling a little bit of success make me want to move forward in the right direction, making the right choices.

Here's the dealy-o for yesterday:

Workout: took the day off
Breakfast: 2 eggs, Starbucks nonfat Skinny Vanilla Latte
Snack: Odwalla Bar
Snack: 2 carrots, slice of ham
Appetizers-shrimp, 1 piece of cheese, carrots and guacamole
Dinner:  Tuna steak, skirt steak, cabbage salad, salad, wine

Sunday, October 25, 2009

After Eight



 Yesterday, I took the day off from watching the clock.  

Last night we went to a fun birthday party for my friend complete with bottle service = plenty of vodka and lots of fun.  I had to break the rule of not eating after 8 p.m. (we had an 8:30 reservation) but was able to make some good choices.  I just eliminated the rice from my meal and had salmon and bok choy. I had ONE bite of the cake (a very tiny bite) then veered away from it.  I did sort of melt down late night and reached in the fridge for some fresh mozzarella.

Knowing I was going to eat late, I ran 2.5 miles at the gym and biked for 10 minutes.  After taking the advice of my nutritionist I felt SO much lighter on my feet.  It's amazing...I had a ton of energy and didn't mind running!

Props to my brother and sister-in-law who successfully completed their relay triathlon for Challenged Athletes Foundation.  He completed a half-marathon and she swam 1.2 miles! I'm so proud of them!!!

Here's the skinny on yesterday:

Breakfast: coffee, water, hard boiled egg, cheese
Lunch:  Cobb salad-no bacon, wine
Dinner: 2 organic chicken bites, shrimp cocktail, salmon, bok choy, vodka,  1 bite of cake
Late night snack:  mozzarella cheese

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Flash Back or Flash Forward?




"When were you at your goal weight? When did you feel good about your body and your weight?"

These are the questions that my nutritionist and my doctor have posed.  When I answered my nutritionist, it went something like this...

"1990.  No, wait...".  I distinctly remembered sitting on the floor of the GAP dressing room with my Skinny Sister, crying about the fact that I no longer fit in size 10 jeans.  She had no idea what to say to her older sister,  poor thing.

Then I said,

     "1987"  But then I remembered never wearing dresses because I felt like my legs were too damn big.  I went back in time and tried to think of a moment when I was actually content with my body image.  I thought back to 70's when I was five years old.  A group of girls sat down cross-legged and I noticed how much bigger my thighs were than theirs.

At a certain point, I just accepted that I would be bigger than other girls. That was just me, no big deal.  I still had plenty of friends, played sports and even felt pretty at times.  I just came to accept that I wasn't a skinny girl.

Instead of looking back, I think it's much more beneficial for me to fast forward and look into the future.  The past is the past.  There is nothing I really want to go "back" to.   It helps to actually visualize success...what it will feel like, what I will wear and what I will do...climb mountains, run races, keep up with my kids or my grandkids.

What keeps you motivated...going back to a place or time your were happy or going to a place you've never been before?  And where is that place?

Here's my deal for yesterday:

Breakfast:  Protein Shake
Snack: none
Lunch:  Salad with sashimi
Dinner:  Vegetable panini, wine

I started to have stomach issues from the vitamin supplements I am taking so I didn't take them last night.  I'm going to talk to my nutritionist and see if we can switch things up.  Otherwise, the plan is going well!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Stress-o-holic




I love stress. I thrive on it.  If I don't have a zillion things to do I get bored and depressed...I need to have a sense of purpose.  A full calendar of playdates, roadtrips and company puts a smile on my face.  People think I'm crazy that I have 3 kids under 4, workout 5 days a week, blog every day and am going to write a novel in the month of November (thanks to my husband who signed me up for the class-he's nuts!).  But truly, I NEED to have stuff to do.  I am realizing the importance of down time now that my nutritionist made me aware of my parasympathetic nervous system.  I need to respect it and give it some time to do it's job, that is, stimulate the gastrointestinal tract to process food and eliminate waste.  That energy can then be used to restore and build tissues.  I need to slow down every once in awhile and just chill.  Allow my body to relax, breathe and mellow out.  A yoga class, a walk on the beach and a warm bath...I think I'll add them to my to-do list!



Please tell me,  how do you mellow out?


The low-down on yesterday:

Workout:  Circuit training - focusing on the core.
Breakfast:  Protein Shake
Snack:  yogurt
Lunch:  Fresh turkey breast, slice of cheese, salad
Snack: Nuts
Dinner:  Cilantro Cod, eggplant, salad, wine

Thursday, October 22, 2009

It happens to all of us.



I have been working out with my trainer for the past 12 weeks and we worked together between baby #1 and baby #2.  She's fabulous-a great personality, encouraging and mixes up my workouts so I don't get bored.

Today she told me she hasn't been able to work out in a week.

She's "over it" right now and can't get moving.  I laughed.  It actually made me feel better to know she's HUMAN.  I tend to hold the "experts" on a pedestal.  But she's just like anyone else, her body just needs a rest from the daily grind.  I see it as taking a "vacation".  And that doesn't make her less of a trainer. That didn't stop her from challenging me and pushing me to my limits today with circuit training, concentrating on my core...I'm already sore!  We do what we can and try to do our best but once in a while we need to cut ourselves a break!

Here's what happened yesterday:

Workout:  30 minutes bike, 20 minutes treadmill.  I also got a massage because my back was out earlier in the week.  I went to Just Massage...I had never been, it was fantastic!

Breakfast:  A protein shake made of egg whites with strawberries. It was actually really good!
Lunch:  Halibut with grilled vegetables on a salad
Snack: Nuts
Dinner:  Turkey and spinach salad, miso dressing, vodka
Plus, I took the vitamins required.

Honestly, I'm feeling better already!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Seeing things in a new light.



 
I had a lengthy and fabulous meeting with my new NUTRITIONIST yesterday.

I was told to eat between 12 and 12:30 and my meeting was at 2 p.m.  A urine sample, a spit test and an examination of my irises (a practice called "Iridology") told him quite a bit about me and what's eating me.  We talked about the objective and subjective things that may contribute to my weight loss.  It was such a relief to have a professional willing to listen to the whole picture rather than just tell you to burn more than you eat and send you on your way.  At this point in my journey I don't fit into the "box" for Weight Watchers so we are working on customizing a diet for me.

Apparently, the average person digests 80% of what they eat.  My metabolic efficiency was 67% (which the nutritionist said was more than he expected for me but still lacking) and there are signs of insulin resistance.

He explained that there are 5 types of eliminations in the body: the lungs, kidney, colon, lymphatic system and skin.  From my eye exam he could tell that the latter 3 were lacking.  I hardly sweat at all, and he could tell this from looking into my eyes!  To get my lymphatic system going I bought a natural SKIN BRUSH which I will slough dead skin with and utilize in little strokes upward toward my heart.

At this point, my body is toxic and we are going to concentrate on detoxifying it so it can begin to work more efficiently.   My sympathetic nervous system (the "fight or flight actions in the body") is dominant right now.  I need to get my parasympathetic nervous system (the "rest and digest" actions) to start working, which will aid in digestion and elimination.

Sam's philosophy is that combining protein and carbs in the same meal causes the body to have to work too hard. Animal protein relies of a acid environment in order to be broken down and starches require an alkaline environment, which are at opposite ends of the pH spectrum.  So, I am not going to be counting points or calories over the next 2 weeks.  Instead, I am going to focus on not eating starch with my protein (which includes corn, beans and lentils) and here is my customized plan for now:

Water:  He suggested no more than 6 oz. because it dilutes the digestive juices.  But I will drink 8 oz. and hour in between.
Breakfast:  An unsweetened protein shake made of egg whites
Snack:  Fruit
Lunch:  1/3 protein, 2/3 vegetables
Snacks: Nuts, seeds, guacamole, salsa, hummus, vegetable sticks, yogurt
Dinner:  1/3 starch and 2/3 veggies OR 1/3 fish (or lean protein) and 2/3 veggies

I have a list of the lower-carb vegetables and fruits which I will choose from.  I am also taking Mulit-herb and multi-fiber supplements as well as Super II and Digestzyme.

I'm REALLY excited to see if this works! I'm willing to look at things with a new perspective...stay tuned!

Support Systems-The Biggest Loser







Support is key in weight loss.

On "The Biggest Loser" last night Dina was sent home to visit her family.  I was appalled to see that her husband took her out to a restaurant, sat next to her and ordered like complete pig - stuffing a big fat burrito in his face.  A SUPPORTIVE husband would have cooked at home for her or at LEAST ordered something healthy or asked her to order for him to show him what she's learned.  What he did was like talking an alcoholic to a bar the day they got out of rehab.  I felt really bad for her.

After Dina got kicked off the show, she made no mention of her husband but she talked about her amazing and adorable little son and how supportive he was.  I'm glad her son didn't pick up her dad's bad habits and am assuming the husband may not be in the picture anymore.  I can tell you mine might not be if that's how he acted.

It VITALLY important that you have a support system when you are trying to lose weight, or trying to achieve any of your goals for that matter.  That's why Dina was so attached to Rudy, who was her rock when they were teammates.  It's important to STEER CLEAR of those people who bring you down or do not respect what you are trying to do for yourself.  And you may have to look outside your inner circle for that sometimes, but you will find it.  You must create it.  I realize I am VERY lucky to have a loving, supportive husband and have children who ask "are we going to the gym today?"  I have also created my own support network: I have made friends at the gym, started this blog (and appreciate all of the conversations and advice that has come of it), attend Weight Watchers meetings and hired a nutritionist.  I'll give you the low-down on my nutritionist meeting in my next post.

Here's how my day went yesterday:

Workout: Cancelled the trainer-my back is still screwed up! Very frustrating!
Breakfast: 1 egg, wheat toast, coffee
Lunch: Fat Flush tortilla, halibut, cabbage salad, quinoa
Snack: Function: Urban Detox drink
Dinner:  Salad with tofu and halibut, grilled vegetables, sunflower seeds

AND NO WINE!!! (DAY 2)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Back to Basics









     On the way home from the pumpkin patch on Sunday, I spazzed and hit my head getting into the car. It really hurt and the next day, I couldn't turn my neck or turn over.  My upper back had given out and I wasn't able to lift my arms or move very much.  This isn't good when you've got 3 kids to take care of...or when you are trying to burn mad calories to lose weight quickly.  I feel like that annoying chick on the Biggest Loser!  So, I've had to take a break from any type of work-out and had to skip tennis last night and cancel my trainer for today.  I'm moving slowly and taking it one day at a time. Stay tuned for tomorrow's update when I tell you about my meeting with my NUTRITIONIST...a new outlook on weight loss. P.S. I didn't drink wine last night! Amazing, right?


Here's yesterday's damage-not too shabby:


Breakfast:

1 slice of wheat toast (2)
egg (3)
coffee (1)

Lunch:
Sushi-California Roll (4)
Salad with black rice – (2)
Iced tea (1)

Dinner:
Halibut 3 oz. – (3)
Quinoa with feta and olives (3)
Cabbage salad (1)
Water

Points: 20 (Under by 5)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Reality Check





It's time for a REALITY CHECK.  I weighed in today.  And it wasn't good.  I GAINED 1.2 pounds and am clearly heading in the wrong direction of my goal.  I thought this was a WEIGHT LOSS blog!  I could always help those actresses who need to put on a few lbs. for some far-fetched role the producers should have given to a fat actress.  I can help the likes of Charlize Theron or Renee Zellweger.  They could pay me some major bucks because it seems like I know what I'm doing.

This week maybe I deserved it.  I used all of my Weight Watchers Points 35 points plus 1 or 2 extra. I try to think about the psychology here.  I begin the day totally gung-ho, obsessed with doing a good job.  By late afternoon, my hunger increases, my nerves start to rattle, the kids are on my last nerve and I become resentful for having to be so disciplined.  I'm not a rules follower. I don't like being told what to do.  So I rebel and fight back.  I have a couple cocktails, I finally get a chance to sit down and I want to enjoy my last meal of the day and talk to my husband.  Now, how do I fix it? After a month and a half of working out and eating well I have only lost 1 lb!

Well, this week I am headed to the nutritionist.  I already know the reality of what he is going to say.  I'm going to have to eliminate alcohol. I'm bracing myself. I'm excited to learn about how my body processes food and how it affects me and you'll hear plenty more.  I still have to remain POSITIVE and FOCUSED.

Here's how I overdid it yesterday-like I said, I am fine until late afternoon/dinner and then I sabotage myself!

Workout:  None.  I threw out my back and am having trouble just walking or driving or lifting the kids. I'm kind of depressed about it.

Breakfast:  1 slice wheat toast and eggs (6), coffee (1)

Snack: Tea (0), Weight Watchers Baked Apple ‘n Cinnamon Bar (2)

Lunch:  Ate at Baja Fresh - ordered Baja Shrimp Ensalada - ordered it with no chips on it and used salsa verde for my dressing. (4), diet coke

Dinner:  Shrimp (3) with walnuts (3) and steamed broccoli (0),  1/2 cup brown rice (2), steamed dumplings (4),  spring roll (4), vodka and diet coke (6)

Points:  35 - over by 10! YIKES!!!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Gremlin


Gremlins
Originally uploaded by Inti

Friday night I was a saint, but Saturday I became a Gremlin...I turned evil, became self-destructive and didn't care who I hurt, including myself. I couldn't stop the madness and everything just tasted so damn good. I didn't feel like staying away from the amazing gourmet cheese and crackers my Mother in Law bought and no one was going to tell me what to do. My MIL is in town and I wanted to show her a good time. What do you mean shoving cheese and crackers in my mouth and drinking vodka isn't a good time? And did I mention the chips and guacamole?


On most occasions, when I am home, cooking for myself, I can master this whole "Weight Watchers Points" thing. But once I taste something I like, I'm a goner. I move into "screw Weight Watchers" mode. My resentment increases for having to try to "spot reduce" my belly after having 3 kids and looking at my tall thin husband makes me even more bitter. Why doesn't he have these issues?

Friday

Workout: Bike- 30 minutes

Breakfast: Balance Bar (3), Coffee (1)

Lunch: Lettuce, radishes, red pepper, peppers, 4 oz. chicken breast, fat free balsamic dressing (4)

Dinner: Garden salad, fat free balsamic dressing (1)
Salmon (4 oz), broccoli, steamed spinach (4)
1 bite of my son’s grilled cheese (1)
Wine (6)

Dessert: Pinkberry (2) with mango, strawberry, blueberry (1)

Total Points: 23 (under by 2)

Saturday:

Breakfast: Went to the Corner Bakery. Ordered the Anaheim Panini but changed everything on it: Asked for egg Whites on wheat toast (instead of sourdough) and had them leave off the cheddar cheese and bacon. Fresh fruit, coffee (6)

Lunch: Cheese and crackers (8)

Snack: Starbucks- nonfat Pumpkin Spice Latte (4)

Dinner: Whole wheat tortilla with turkey and guacamole (5)
Baked chips, guacamole (6)
Wine/vodka (6)
Diet coke (0)

Total Points: 36 (over by 11)

Friday, October 16, 2009

The Danger Zone



Warm, lightly salted, crisp tortilla chips and guacamole.  The half a grilled cheese my daughter abandoned when she got distracted by her My Little Ponies.  The left-over mac and cheese the kids didn’t eat.

Not planning, getting frustrated and waiting to eat until I'm ravenous...

This is what I call THE DANGER ZONE.


Yesterday I decided to do something new.  I didn't count my Weight Watchers Points.  I just took the day as it came and tried to make the best decisions I could given my level of hunger.  At lunch I was planning on only eating Trader Joe's Reduced Guilt Filet of Sole.  But when the kids rejected the whole wheat ravioli I made, I was so frustrated that I downed them myself!

When my husband said we were ordering from Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill , I looked on line to make the best decision possible.  I found that the Healthmex Chicken Tacos are 3 points each.  That's a fairly good value.  But at the end of the day I gave in to those friggin CHIPS that were whispering my name and luring me toward them. And they were really, really good!

Here’s the awful truth (I'm not proud but I'm honest):

Workout: I trained with the fabulous Mackey.  We did a full body workout including:

Biceps, triceps, shoulders and legs and in between I did jumping jacks and running man to keep my heart rate up.  The last 20 minutes was spent running 2 minutes, 1 minute walking.  I ended with a cool down on the bike for 10 minutes.

Breakfast: ¼ cup Nulaid egg substitute (tried them again, NOT good! (1), 1 slice wheat bread (2), ½ banana (1) coffee (1)
Lunch:  Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt Filet of Sole (3),  Whole Wheat Ravioli (9 pieces) (4)
Snack: Gatorade G2 (1)
Dinner:  Rubio’s 2 Healthmex Chicken tacos (6) black beans (2) Rice (2) chips (5) wine (6)

Total:  35 Points - over by 10

Tomorrow I am BACK to counting!





Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Social Engagement.





I've been avoiding social situations where I am easily tempted and could potentially fall off the wagon.


Last night I went to a social event hosted by friends. On my way, I stopped at the gym, ran 3 miles, showered and grabbed a Balance Bar so I wouldn't be ravenous when I got to the party.  I knew I would be tempted by the food there.  After all, appetizers are my weakness!  I was seduced by cheesy spinach balls, meatballs, crackers and cheese, cheesecake, chocolate and chips.  I am proud to say I avoided everything but one spinach ball and one meatball.  When I got home I was still hungry and heated up a little turkey in a wheat tortilla.  It was REALLY hard to avoid all the good food there and I see that as a SUCCESS. I was anxious about going at all since I am focused on my goal.

Even after avoiding the party food, I still ended up going over my daily Weight Watchers points (25) and dipped into the extra 35 I get each week.  I typically would not have a McDonald's breakfast but my house was being cleaned and the carpet cleaners were at my house.  I was unable to get into my kitchen.  But I feel pretty good about the choices I made given the circumstances.  Quite honestly, I couldn't take the pressure yesterday and did my very best.

Of course I know there weren't enough veggies in my diet.  I trip to the grocery store is necessary!

Here's how the day looked:

Workout: Ran 3 miles

Breakfast: McDonald's Egg McMuffin (7), hash brown (3), coffee (1) PS-for those of you tuning now, this is not something I would normally have!

Lunch: tortilla (2), fish (2) cheese (4)

Snack:  Balance bar (4)

Dinner: Spinach ball (2), meatball (1), tortilla with turkey (4) Wine (6)

Total:  37 over by 12 (utilized some of the extra 35 I get).

How do you handle the social engagement while trying to lose weight?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Pulling out all the Stops




After Monday's less than stellar weigh-in, I have pulled out all the stops and am trying to figure out what I can do differently.  Many of you commented that my weight gain may be muscle - a possibility.  I do feel stronger, particularly in my arms.  Or perhaps, I'm stressed -- a definite possibility.  Well, I've loosened up on what I'm eating and weighed in on my Wii Fit this morning (as I do every morning), and lost 2. 4 lbs!  I'm starting to feel a little better but am sick of this roller coaster.  People say "don't worry about what the scale says".  I believe that may be true for people who are in the "normal" weight range who are worried about a few pounds, but not someone who is considered "obese" by the BMI chart.

Here are the steps I've taken this week to conquer the beast of obesity:

1.  I found out my blood type - it is O+.  I bought the book, EAT RIGHT 4 YOUR TYPE by Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo and will give this a shot (along with my Weight Watchers Program-I am not willing to abandon it quite yet).  This diet recommends foods to eat or avoid depending on your blood type,   For me, a no-no would be avocado, which I am not thrilled about....it's one of my fave's!

2.  I made an appointment with a top NUTRITIONIST in Los Angeles, Sam Rose at Rose Nutrition Center.  I was thrilled to find someone who is willing to listen to my weight loss issues.  As I've mentioned, my General Practioner had me take a blood test, told me I'm doing all the right things to lose weight and sent me on my way.  I always feel rushed in her office and that I've "stumped" her.  That just feels like a dead end.  I'm excited about meeting with someone who will actually take some time with me.

3.  I made an appointment with a top accupuncturist in L.A., Dr. Dao at the Tao of Wellness, who may help me alleviate some of the stress.  He has come highly recommended.  I'm a little worried about the herbs they may ask me to take but am excited about solving the problem.

Have any of you tried these courses of action for weight loss? How did they work? I may find that they all contradict each other but I want to be educated about all these practices.

I'm fearing I might have to eliminate the glass of wine I have every night - that will be the last stop on this groovy train!

Here's how yesterday shaped up (Weight Watchers Points in parentheses):


Breakfast: 1/2 cup Nulaid ReddiEgg (Real egg product) NOT VERY GOOD! (2), 1 slice wheat toast (2), watermelon (1), coffee (1)

Lunch:  Bowl of curry chickpea soup (4),  3 sisters salad made of sweet potato, black beans and corn (1), ½ cup of asian noodles (2)

Dinner:  2 oz Tuna steak (2), 2 oz. Beef Round Milanese Sirloin Tip (3), Organic Thai vegetable Stir Fry (Green beans, broccoli, carrots, onion, bean sprouts) with hoison sauce (1), ½ cup of DeBoles Multi Grain, Gluten free Penne pasta (4), Red wine (4)

Total Points:  27 (over by 2)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Munchies for Menchies


After my Cardio Tennis class last night, I stopped to get a treat for my husband and me.  I went to Menchie's Frozen Yogurt.  I had heard SO much about it but never made the trip -- I am thrilled that I finally did.  It is truly heaven on earth.  They have fat free and sugar free yogurts and flavors like New York Cheesecake, Cookies and Cream and Cake Batter.  With endless toppings to choose from, every type of fresh fruit including lychee!  And who knew that Sugar Free and Fat Free Fudge actually exists?  After a bad day at Weight Watchers I needed something sweet and it was the perfect answer (yes, I did want to eat after I found out I gained weight-plus, I had Points I needed to eat.)

They have locations in:

California
Florida
Hawaii
Louisiana
Tennessee
Texas
Arizona
Georgia
Illinois
Maryland
Nevada
New York
Ohio
Washington

Here's how the rest of my day went:

Workout: Cardio Tennis- 1 hour.  Our coach had us moving last night! Lots of sprinting.

Breakfast: Subway Western egg white sandwich (5), cup of coffee with cream (1)
Lunch:  Lean Cuisine – Roasted Garlic Chicken (4) bread (1)
Dinner:  Tuna Steak (3), sweet potato, corn and black bean mix (1), salad (3) wine (4) Menchies frozen yogurt (4)

Points=26  Over by 1 - I'll take it!

the Pat Tillman Foundation/NYC Marathon




In the aftermath of the attacks on September 11, 2001, Pat Tillman proudly put his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals on hold to serve his country. This decision was just one of many he made over the course of his lifetime to help others and serve a cause greater than self-interest. As an Army Ranger Pat served multiple tours in combat before he was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan.



Please join my friend Shannon Massey in her support of the Pat Tillman Foundation.  She is running the New York Marathon on November 1, 2009 as part of Team Tillman to raise awareness of a great cause and to show her dedication to America's men and women that put their lives on the line to guarantee our freedom.


Shannon is running in memory of Rob Pirelli, one of her brother's best friends, who was killed on August 15, 2008 in a gun battle while assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Baqouba, the capital of Diyala Province, Iraq,. Rob elected to join the Army after graduating from college, moved by the devastating terror attacks of September 11. He wanted to make a difference, and he did.


Join Shannon to honor his memory, and those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation. We owe them so much more than we can ever give, but keeping their memory alive is the least we can do. They are what make the United States great.


CLICK HERE TO DONATE


Team Tillman is the Pat Tillman Foundation’s fundraising program for amateur endurance athletes who identify with the values exhibited by former NFL star and Army Ranger, Pat Tillman, and believe in the Foundation's mission: to carry forward Pat’s legacy of leadership and civic action by supporting future generations of leaders who embody the American tradition of citizen service.












Monday, October 12, 2009

Shock, Horror, Disgust




I got up at 5 am today, got three kids fed and dressed, cleaned up most of the mess, got them into the car and drove over the my Weight Watchers meeting.  We arrived early because I am very conscious of the fact that other people may not appreciate my kids being there.  I didn't eat because I wanted the best weigh-in possible.  I even stopped in the bathroom before getting on the scale.  The plan was to quickly weigh-in, find out how much I lost and go on with my day.

I gained 2 pounds.

Right then and there I wanted to vomit.  Really.  I busted my ass to get there only to find out I had gained weight...and a whole TWO POUNDS!  You've got to be kidding me.  I was left speechless and the Weight Watchers leader just said "don't think about it...don't get yourself stressed out".  At first I took that advice.

But as I walked out the door, the kids started fighting and wouldn't hold my hand as we walked across the street.  I lost it.  I began yelling at them and started crying.  I was so tired and unbelievably hungry.  We walked over to Subway and I got an egg white breakfast sandwich and a much needed cup of coffee.

I replayed the last week in my head.  The kids were sick, but I still got out and was able to go to my cardio tennis class, I ran 5 miles and took 2 yoga classes.  I stayed within my Weight Watchers Points range and only used 16 of my extra 35 Points.  I did not give myself any "extra Points" for working out like you are allowed to do on the program.

So, was it the soup I ate last night? Was there too much sodium in it? Am I retaining water?  Am I too stressed and holding on to weight?

It all just sends me in to a giant funk.  The devil on my left shoulder says "Just forget about all this.  Stop by the drive-through, have fun and relax".  But the angel on my right says "You are eating healthy for many reasons besides your weight.  You have a family to care for, kids to keep up with.  They need you.  You need energy and exercising makes you feel good and alleviates the symptoms of depression and lowers stress".

I am going to choose to listen to the angel for now, but that devil on my left sure does sound like he's onto something...

Here's how yesterday went:

Workout: Iyengar Yoga class at Yogaworks

Breakfast: Egg McMuffin (7), coffee (1)
Snack:  ½ slice toast (1)
Lunch: Salad with Tuna (3)
Snack: piece of cheese (2)
Dinner:  Curry soup with chick peas (2), small piece of tofu lasagna (3), wine (4), salad (2)

26 points-over by 1

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Running Ragged



I hate running.  There, I said it.

I've been trying to convince myself that I actually like it, since it's good for me and provides the best cardio workout and all that crap.  But the truth is, I despise it. I am anxious from the time I decide I am going to run, I'm already asking myself "Am I there yet?"  I start moving and patiently wait for the "enjoyment" to start.  I really do want to say I like it.  But I just can't get to that space.

Growing up I hated it because I was one of the last of the bunch running during soccer practice.  I always felt like I was letting people down by being last.  It's difficult to do something you've never really felt confident about.  I still do it though.  I've run several 5K's and right after I got married in 2003, my husband and I signed up to do a marathon and half-marathon, respectively.  I thought I would "face my fears".  Even during our Team in Training group training I despised it.  I was the last one that the coach and mentors were waiting for - how embarrassing!

So, I ask you runners... where is the enjoyment? What is it you like about it? And how can I get there?


I went for a run on Saturday. It was a beautiful day in Hermosa Beach and I decided to conquer the wood chip trail that runs parallel to the ocean.  Thank God my husband hooked me up with a new mix (October mix is coming...I promise).  It got me through.  As I started out, I was miserable.  I find running to be such a shock to the body.  interestingly, it got easier about 15 minutes into the run.  But it still wasn't "fun". People were passing me all along the trail.  I am embarrassed to admit I sped up so that I could actually pass a 70 something year old man who was WALKING!  And I truly was trying, I am just not a fast runner.  I kept moving and I ran 2.5 miles. And I broke a serious sweat.  But I ask again...where is the joy? Help, please!

Here's how my Saturday shaped up with eating (Weight Watchers points in parentheses):


Breakfast: tofu salad – random, I know-but it's the only healthy option I had available and it was good. (3)
Snack: Starbucks Skinny Vanilla Latte (3)
Lunch:  Gardein garden protein (meat free bbq skewers) on salad (3)
Snack; Cheese stick (2)
Dinner:  1 ½ cups of asparagus soup (no cream) (2), Salmon burger on whole wheat bun (7), wine (6)

Points:  26 (1 over)

Twisting the stress away







After being cooped up in the house for a couple days with sick kids, my sweet husband sent me out Friday night to be alone, do a little shopping and hit another Iyengar restoratives class at Yogaworks.  This time we had a different instructor who had us doing new poses. She took requests from the class to work on upper back and neck, lower back and twists.  We utilized a chair, blankets, blocks, bolsters and belts.  We spent time a good amount of time on twists.  Although these poses my look simple, the next day I definitely felt my body become tighter and well aligned.  Here are some of the poses:






Adhomukha Virasana (Face Down Heroes pose):  Quiets the mind, removes physical and mental fatigue. Tones abdominal organs. Improves blood supply to brain, head and neck.  Loosens ankle, knee, hip and shoulder joints. Reduces stiffness of spine.




Bharadvajasanaa on chair
Stretches the spine, shoulders and hips and massages the abdominal organs.  It is said to help relieve lower backache, neck pain and sciatica.  Will relieve stress and improve digestion.






Supine: Supta Baddhakonsana: Frees energy flow in the pelvic area, assists digestive organs (ovaries and prostate gland, bladder and kidneys), stimulates the heart and improves general circulation, quiets the mind, relief from PMS and menopausal symptoms, relief from mild depression, stretches inner thighs and opens groin.

Here's how mealtime on Friday went (Weight Watchers Points in parentheses):


Breakfast: Starbucks skinny Vanilla latte (3), Luna Bar Lemonzest (3)
Snack: Cheese stick (2)
Lunch:  Dr. Praeger's Veggie Burger with lettuce, ketchup with 1 slice of wheat bread (4)
Dinner:  Rainbow Roll (3), 1 glass sake (3), 1 Kiran Light beer (2), Sumi Salad (Asian cabbage salad) (2)

Total: 22 points.  (I was 3 points short)

Friday, October 9, 2009

When the Kids Aren't Alright


When my kids are sick, we take a break from our activities, school and our general routine.  We slow things down, hang around in our PJ's, put on a movie, snuggle up and try to get everyone well.  That means I give up, or at least modify my routine and put the family first.  And it often involves comfort food.

Last night was one of those nights.  I wasn’t planning on taking 2 days in a row off from the gym, but my 4 year old and 18 month old were sick and I was beginning to feel under the weather myself.  With a sore throat and achy body I wasn't motivated to cook anything, much less a healthy, well-balanced meal.

Here's the evidence (Weight Watchers Points in parentheses):

Breakfast: Starbucks Skinny Vanilla Latte (3)
Lunch: turkey sandwich on a wheat roll with cucumber, avocado, lettuce, mustard (6) 1/2 cup of chicken gumbo (3)
Snack: BBQ Pirates Booty (3)
Dinner:  1 slice pizza with veggies mixed in the sauce (6), greek salad (3), 3 all white meat, baked chicken bites (3), wine (4)

Total:  31 points (over by 6)

I realize that on days I can't work out it's more important to eat well.  I truly felt like I "needed" to eat something delicious and it would make me feel better.  I am sure that the stress of caring for everyone was leading me to eat.  Also, I was really hungry! It's difficult not to look to food to make me happy in situations like this.  I did try to make the best choices - ordering the vegetables in the pizza, a salad but I could have lost the chicken bites.  Thankfully, tomorrow is another day on my quest to lose weight.  I am choosing to look forward and tomorrow I will make the right choices that will lead me towards my goal.

How do you handle these situations?

Thursday, October 8, 2009

60 miles in her shoes - Support team Pedi Cure in the fight against Breast Cancer


My dear friend Debbie Poe is taking steps to find a cure for Breast Cancer.

Debbie is teaming up with TEAM PEDI CURE to walk 60 miles over 3 days to support the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust which funds important Breast Cancer Research, education, screening and treatment.  The event takes place on November 6-8th in Dallas/Forth Worth.


As the mother to two beautiful children, Debbie knows she is blessed and lucky to have such a healthy family.  She is touched by those who have had to suffer from Breast Cancer and wants to contribute to the search for a cure.  Sixty miles is a very long road, but one that Deb is willing to travel to make a difference. She and Team Pedi Cure could use your support.

I wish you luck, my friend!  Thank you for taking this amazing journey.

 Click here to join the fight and sponsor Deb!

Not Your College Ramen







Remember the cheap, fried, MSG riddled ramen you made in college (or maybe still do)?

Well, Soken Spinach Ramen is NOT your dorm room noodle.

This Japanese ramen is easy to make and delicious and are vegan, all natural, with no MSG, animal products or preservatives.  Soken's noodles are not fried and made with spinach and jinenjo, a wild mountain potato or yam.  The roots of jinejo are grated and added to soups and the vine tips are stir-fired.  This species is also used in Asian medicine to balance emotions during menopause and remove heavy metals from the body.  Soken's ramen sauce is made of spicy miso and vegetables.    With only 121 calories and 1 gram of fat in each serving it's the perfect addition to any stir fry.  I threw the noodles in with tofu and broccoli and the meal was delicious and filling - and believe it or not, my kids ate it! (letting them use chop-sticks helps too!).  I found these noodles at Whole Foods Market.


Here's how the rest of my day went (Weight Watchers Points in parentheses):

Workout: I took the day off.  I had to cancel with my trainer because my baby is sick.
Breakfast:  Silk Live! Soy yogurt Strawberry Banana – (3), 150 calories
Snack: Crackers and lowfat cheese stick (4)
Lunch:  Grilled lowfat swiss cheese on whole grain bread –(6), salad (1)
Dinner: Tofu & broccoli stir fry(2) with a teaspoon of Hoisin sauce (0), Soken Spinach Ramen noodles (2) Wine (4)
Dessert:  Pinkberry-coconut flavor with oranges, strawberries and chocolate shavings (5)

Total Points – 27 Over by 2



Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Delizioso! Nuovo!




One thing I miss while dieting is PASTA!  I'm thrilled to say I found a FABULOUS new substitute, 
Nuovo Roasted Sweet Potato Gnocchi,
which is fresh, delicious and also Gluten Free.  Half a package contains 200 calories and 1 gram of fat (3 Weight Watchers Points).  It was delicious, healthy and filled my need for pasta.  My 4 year old son absolutely LOVED it!   Nuovo also has Basil, Cabernet & Roasted Garlic and Classic Potato Gnocchi.  Various pasta shapes and classic and contemporary flavors are available including Stout Braised Bangers, Potato & Porter Cheese ravioli and Pumpkin Amaretti Sacchette.  Nuovo even has products especially for kids "Mighty Mac-N-Cheese" Ravioli and Ooey Gooey Cheezy, Goldfish.  I found this product at Whole Foods Market.  Buono!

Here's what yesterday looked like (Weight Watchers Points in parentheses)


Workout: Ran 2.2 miles, 100 sit-ups

Breakfast: 2 eggs, 1 wheat toast (5)
Snack: Starbucks skinny Vanilla Latte (3)
Lunch:  Ate at one of my favorite places -- Malibu Fish Grill - Grilled Tilapia (no oil or seasoning) (3), Grilled Zucchini (0), Hummus (3), Pita (1)
Dinner:  Nuovo Sweet Potato Gnocchi – (3) ½ container, Tomato Blush Sauce (3) couple bites of leftover Pork Chop (1), Salad (1), Spinach (0), Wine (2)


Total:  25 Points

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Tuning Up


I need a new workout mix for the month of October!


Any suggestions on songs to get me moving?  I need to hear from you!  I will post the mix on itunes so you can all download it.

Because I lost weight this week, I am allowed 1 less Weight Watchers point each day. I can now eat 25 points.  Here’s how yesterday went:

Workout:  Cardio tennis – 1 hour

Breakfast: 2 eggs, 1 wheat bread (5)
Snack: Skinny vanilla latte (3)
Lunch: ½ homemade wheat quesadilla with lowfat swiss and turkey (5) salad (1)
Dinner: 1 balsamic pork chop (3) (cooked with chicken broth and balsamic vinegar), 3/4cup noodles with margarine and parmesan cheese (4), edamame (2), salad (1) wine (4)
Dessert: Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked Fro Yo (5)

Yikes! I ate 33 points!  I wasn’t planning on that.  I shouldn’t have picked up that yogurt and brought it to my friend Aimee’s house.  I should have brought wine OR yogurt but not BOTH!  But it really was SOOOOOO good and it had been so long!  I went over by 8 WW points.  Damn!  I get an extra 35 each week but I don’t usually plan on using them.

Thank God tomorrow is another day to try to be successful…

Send me your favorite songs! I need it this week!